Ancient Minutus VI

How many liters of olive oil did the average ancient Roman consume per year?

Representative of Rome's enormous import system is the artificial mound of Monte Testaccio, measuring 35-meters high by several hundred meters long. Dating from the Roman Empire, it is composed of 53-million discarded olive oil amphorae, the equivalent of about 6-billion litres of oil. The empty vessels were probably carried up the mound intact, then broken and positioned into a stable pattern. Lime sprinkled on the terraces neutralized any rancid smell.

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